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2017 BEST Trendy Ice Cream

Winterfell Dessert

While the rest of the city is rolling ice-cream roses with paint scrapers, Winterfell went with a Game of Thrones-themed Taiwanese shaved ice shop. For the uninitiated: Shaved Thai ice is what happens when ice cream and cotton candy fool around together.

32 South 40th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-387-4561 | Website


2017 BEST Ice Cream

Tubby Robot

4369 Main Street, Philadelphia, PA

Yes, the ice cream is handmade from local ingredients, and it’s really, really good. But nobody’s judging if you only go for the Wall-O-Vision, in which video games are projected onto an outside alley wall but controlled by a joystick inside. Bring the kids if you need a plausible excuse for another visit. Read more »

2016 BEST Soft-Serve

Pizzeria Vetri

1615 Chancellor Street, Philadelphia, PA

If the fior di latte soft-serve were any smoother, it would slide right out of the cup. Read more »

2015 BEST Soft-Serve

Big Gay Ice Cream

521 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA

It’s all delicious, though the Salty Pimp, with dulce de leche and sea salt, is the one people talk about as they should. Read more »

2015 BEST Sundae

Franklin Fountain’s Mt. Vesuvius

116 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA

Chocolate or vanilla ice cream studded with brownie “boulders,” hot fudge, malt powder and whipped cream. Michelle Obama can wait only so long before declaring war on this caloric eruption. Read more »

2015 BEST DIY Ice-Cream Sandwich

Insomnia Cookies

Multiple locations

Freezer empty? Order a pint of ice cream (or a quart, no judgment) and some fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies from Insomnia, and get your (homemade) Chipwich on. Read more »

2014 BEST Ice Cream

Weckerly’s

4239 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

It’s not often that someone breaks into the well-established world of ice cream; thankfully, West Philly newcomer Weckerly’s did. Made with love from a custard base, in flavors like cold-brewed coffee and peaches-and-cream, this is smooth, thick, and extra-special when sandwiched between two cookies. Read more »

2012 BEST Ice Cream

oWowCow Creamery

4105 Durham Road, Ottsville, PA

Small-batch-crafted, organic, with heavenly flavors, served in two locales way out in the hinterlands of Bucks County. Trust us: Worth the schlep. Read more »

2011 BEST Ice Cream

Franklin Fountain

116 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA

A few of the greatest hits: Honeycomb, white as snow, nearly custard-like, lightly kissed with honey and studded with brittle little flecks of golden honeycomb candy; Girl Scout Cookie, with fistfuls of ground-up Thin Mints; the freshest blueberry ever. Read more »

2010 BEST Ice Cream

The Franklin Fountain

116 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA

The 19th–century atmosphere (right down to the cash register, which was actually made in 1914) and the young, spiffy counter help in bow ties add panache, but it’s those achingly delicious handmade flavors from chocolate and vanilla bean to Hydrox cookie and Teaberry gum that make this purveyor of sundry sundaes so much more than… Read more »

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